Our family is in the midst of the (frantic) Fall Birthday Season. Starting in September and ending in December, there are birthdays (although not all have parties) about every other week. There’s always some sort of event to look forward to. So many, in fact, that I sometimes get dizzy moving from one to the next.
One thing I often catch my son, Caleb saying is: “I can’t wait for [fill in the blank]!” To be honest, I do too. And if you’re honest, you’re also looking forward to the next big thing. While it’s OK to visualize the future, it’s important that we don’t lose sight of this moment. Or worse, presume that the next moment is what’s better. Waiting is good.
King David waited quietly before God (Psalm 62:1). And when he found himself dizzy with the busyness of life (or literally fighting for his life, vv 3-4), he pleaded that he still might be able to wait quietly before God (v 5) with all that is within him. He wasn’t impatient. He wasn’t resenting. He was just waiting. Waiting before his faithful God who is his only source for victory, hope, salvation. He trusts God as his solid rock and fortress that cannot and will not be shaken.
Waiting is also active, not passive or indifferent. I love singing the song Everlasting God by Brenton Brown and Ken Riley:
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord / Wait upon the Lord / We will wait upon the Lord
Our God, You reign forever / Our Hope our strong Deliv’rer
You are the everlasting God / The everlasting God / You do not faint / You won’t grow weary / You’re the defender of the weak / You comfort those in need / You lift us up on wings like eagles
King David urges us to trust God at all times. Pour out your heart to Him, for He is our refuge (v 8). So what are you waiting for? God is already there.